Mark Bray and Robert H. Haworth present "Anarchist Education and the Modern School: A Francisco Ferrer Reader"
On October 13, 1909, Francisco Ferrer, the notorious Catalan anarchist educator and founder of the Modern School, was executed by firing squad. The Spanish government accused him of masterminding the Tragic Week rebellion, while the transnational movement that emerged in his defense argued that he was simply the founder of the groundbreaking Modern School of Barcelona. Was Ferrer a ferocious revolutionary, an ardently nonviolent pedagogue, or something else entirely?
Anarchist Education and the Modern School is the first historical reader to gather together Ferrer’s writings on rationalist education, revolutionary violence, and the general strike (most translated into English for the first time) and put them into conversation with the letters, speeches, and articles of his comrades, collaborators, and critics to show that the truth about the founder of the Modern School was far more complex than most of his friends or enemies realized. Francisco Ferrer navigated a tempestuous world of anarchist assassins, radical republican conspirators, anticlerical rioters, and freethinking educators to establish the legendary Escuela Moderna and the Modern School movement that his martyrdom propelled around the globe.
Mark Bray is a historian of Modern European History, a political organizer, and the author of Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook and Translating Anarchy: The Anarchism of Occupy Wall Street (Melville House, 2017, 9781612197036). He is currently a Lecturer at Dartmouth College. Robert H. Haworth is an associate professor in the Department of Professional and Secondary Education at West Chester University, Pennsylvania. He is the editor of Anarchist Pedagogies: Collective Actions, Theories, and Critical Reflections on Education (2012, 9781604864847) and coeditor of Out of the Ruins: The Emergence of Radical Informal Learning Spaces (2017, 9781629632391) both published by PM Press.